BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A 33-year-old man has been remanded to prison after appearing in court on drug-related charges.

Gregory Leon Holder was held 620.4 lbs of cannabis with an estimated street value $1, 120,000.

Police said that on May 26, the went to Paynes Bay Beach, St James, where Holder and others were seen dragging a number of bags along the beach.

BONAIRE - In the coming week, the National ombudsman, Reinier van Zutphen, will host the 9th biennial conference of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA). The theme of the conference is: “The Ombudsman-A Key Actor in the Quest for Good Governance/Challenges facing Modern Day Ombudsman.” More than 15 countries of the Caribbean region will participate. The conference will run from June 11 through June 13 and takes place at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Bonaire.

During the conference, issues and challenges that the Ombudsmen face in their line of work, are amongst the topics to be addressed. Furthermore, human rights and equal opportunities and treatments will be discussed as well. Naturally, the focus will be on the Caribbean region. In addition, the Queen Margaret University will provide a training on complaint handling.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of LIAT Lloyd Carswell has resigned. His resignation took effect last week.

Carswell was hired in 2014 on a temporary basis of three to four months but served nearly four years in the position.

A source familiar with Carswell’s resignation told Antigua News Room (ANR) that “a combination of factors” led to his decision.

The source said CCO was dissatisfied with a number of developments within the company and the attitude of the acting Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones towards his advice.

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – There is yet another twist to the formation of a government in this British Overseas Territory following the May 24 general elections that resulted in none of the parties securing an outright victory.

A new government headed by the leader of the People’s Progressive Movement (PPM), Alden McLaughlin, will be sworn into office at 10 a.m. (local time) on Wednesday after the party was able to put together a coalition with the Cayman Democratic Party (CDP).

Last weekend, McKeeva Bush, the CDP leader, said he had written to Governor Helen Kilpatrick to rescind an earlier agreement that was signed only hours earlier with McLaughlin.

Bush said then he was now set to become premier.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Police are investigating the murders of three people over the last weekend including a 62-year-old Guyanese woman who was hacked to death in an apartment in St. Helena, in Central Trinidad.

Police said that Enid Rosaline Periana was chopped to death on Friday night inside the apartment she shared with a 65-year-old man who, has since gone into hiding. The police have recovered a bloodstained cutlass.

In another incident, just over a month after he was acquitted of a murder charge, Nicholas ‘Ten Cents’ Fortune, 33, was shot many times at close range that his face was barely recognisable.

Fortune had stopped at a bar in Barataria on Saturday night when gunmen alighted from a vehicle and shot him dead.

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